TUARANMarch 12, 2012: Police have launched a massive manhunt for a foreigner who is suspected of murdering a local worker at a fish and prawn farm in Kampung Lok Batik near here early yesterday.
The body of the victim, identified as Stanley John, 27, was found outside the farm office at 7.40am with slash and stab wounds believed to be inflicted with a machete.
Tuaran district police chief DSP Zaharuddin Rasip said the suspect, a 43-year-old Filipino, fled into a nearby mangrove swamp after killing the victim.
“Police proceeded to the scene after receiving a report on the incident at about 7.45am and found the victim lying motionless in the compound of the farm office,” he said.
Zaharuddin said initial investigation revealed the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding between the suspect and the victim.
He said police also recovered a sharp weapon near to the victim’s body.
It is learnt that Stanley of Kampung Kibbas, Ranau had worked in the farm since 10 years ago.
Zaharuddin said the case has been classified as murder and investigation is being carried out under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
He said police are currently mounting a massive manhunt for the suspect with the assistance of tracker dogs.
Road-blocks were also set up in the district.
A MISUNDERSTANDING over a fertiliser machine led to the death of a shrimp farm worker who was killed by his colleague at Kampung Lok Batik near here, yesterday.
The suspect stabbed John Stanley, 27, three times before smashing his head with a stone in the 7.40am incident.
Prior to that, the victim was having breakfast with a friend, known only as Andy, when the 43-year-old suspect approached them.
"He told us that someone had been using a fertiliser machine used for feeding shrimps and had accused John.
"John told him off, which caused the suspect to get even angrier and asked John whether he had a problem with him. After that, John just kept quiet.
"However, the suspect suddenly pulled out a machete from behind and pointed it at John," said Andy, adding the suspect was a Filipino.
An argument ensued, prompting the suspect to swing his machete at Stanley, hitting his stomach.
John fell to the ground, and the suspect stabbed him several times, ignoring Andy's plea to stop.
"The suspect got mad and told me not to interfere. I was afraid and left the scene to call for help from other workers.
"I couldn't do anything but watch my friend die in front of me," said Andy.
He added that the suspect then grabbed a stone and smashed John's head.
It was learnt that the suspect also went after a female clerk with the machete after she tried to persuade the suspect to stop.
The suspect, however, left the scene and fled into a nearby mangrove forest with the weapon.
State Serious Crimes chief Superintendent Suhaimi Wiro said police were looking for the suspect with the help of the K9 unit.
Dalam kejadian jam 7.40 pagi, mangsa dikenali sebagai Stanley John, 27, mati selepas mengalami kecederaan parah di kepala selain tiga kesan tikaman di dada, bahu kiri dan belakang leher serta kesan tetakan di kaki kiri.
Bagaimanapun, suspek berusia 43 tahun dipercayai warga asing melarikan diri dipercayai bersembunyi di kawasan paya berhampiran.
Menurut rakan mangsa yang dikenali sebagai Andy, 26, dia bersama mangsa sedang menikmati sarapan sebelum memulakan tugas di kolam ternakan berkenaan.
“Ketika bersarapan, suspek tiba dan memberitahu mesin digunakan untuk memberi makanan kepada udang diganggu menyebabkan kelewatan melakukan tugas.
TUARAN: Seorang lelaki tempatan maut akibat tikaman di bahagian badan oleh rakan sekerjanya di sebuah ladang ternakan ikan dan udang di Kampung Lok Batik, dekat sini awal hari Ahad.
Ketua Polis Daerah Tuaran DSP Zaharuddin Rasip berkata mangsa yang dikenali sebagai Stanley John, 27, meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian.
Beliau berkata mangsa dipercayai ditetak dan ditikam dengan sebilah parang di bahagian badan dalam kejadian kira-kira pukul 7.40 pagi.
"Polis menemui mayat mangsa di halaman pejabat pengurusan ladang ternakan itu. Suspek yang dipercayai warga Filipina berusia 43 tahun melarikan diri ke dalam hutan bakau berhampiran ladang itu, dan polis telah melancarkan gerakan besar-besaran untuk memburu suspek," katanya kepada pemberita di sini, Ahad.
Zaharuddin berkata mayat mangsa dihantar ke Hospital Tuaran untuk bedah siasat, dan kes itu disiasat mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan.
Siasatan awal menunjukkan berlaku perselisihan faham antara suspek dan mangsa sebelum kejadian, katanya.